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20th-Century Theology

God the World in a Transitional Age

by Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson

20th-Century Theology
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  • Published: January 26, 2010
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7889-5
  • Item Code: 7889

  • Recipient of a Christianity Today 1993 Critics' Choice Award

Now in paperback! Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson offer in this text a sympathetic introduction to twentieth-century theology and a critical survey of its significant thinkers and movements. Of particular interest is their attempt to show how twentieth-century theology has moved back and forth between two basic concepts: God's immanence and God's transcendence.

Their survey profiles such towering figures in contemporary theology as Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Jurgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. It critiques significant movements like neo-orthodoxy, process theology, liberation theology and theology of hope. And it assesses recent developments in feminist theology, black theology, new Catholic theology, narrative theology and evangelical theology. An indispensable handbook for anybody interested in today's theological landscape.

"Clear and even-handed. . . . Conservative readers will find this a challenging introduction to the theological discussion, but they will be heartened by its judgments. Liberal readers will contest some of its assumptions, but they will respect its full engagement with alternatives."

Religious Studies Review

"An outstanding introduction: its explanations are lucid and its coverage is comprehensive."

FRANCIS SCHüSSLER FIORENZA, Harvard Divinity School
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CONTENTS

Preface

INTRODUCTION: Transcendence and Immanence and Modern Theological History

1. THE ENLIGHTENMENT: The Shattering of the Classical Balance

2. THE RECONSTRUCTION OF TRANSCENDENCE: Immanence in Nineteenth-Century Theology
Immanuel Kant
G. W. F. Hegel
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Albrecht Ritschl and Classical Liberal Theology

3. THE REVOLT AGAINST IMMANENCE: Transcendence in Neo-orthodoxy
Karl Barth
Emil Brunner
Rudolf Bultmann
Reinhold Niebuhr

4. THE DEEPENING OF IMMANENCE: Reformulations of the Liberal Tradition
Paul Tillich
Process Theology

5. IMMANENCE WITHIN THE SECULAR: The Radical Movement
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Secular Theology

6. THE TRANSCENDENCE OF THE FUTURE: The Theology of Hope
Jürgen Moltmann
Wolfhart Pannenberg

7. THE RENEWAL OF IMMANENCE IN THE EXPERIENCE OF OPPRESSION: Liberation Theologies
Black Liberation Theology
Latin American Liberation Theology
Feminist Theology

8. THE TRANSCENDENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT: The New Catholic Theology
Karl Rahner
Hans Küng

9. TRANSCENDENCE WITHIN THE STORY: Narrative Theology

10. REAFFIRMING THE BALANCE: Evangelical Theology Coming of Age
Carl F. H. Henry
Bernard Ramm

CONCLUSION: Past Contributions and Future Prospects in the Quest for a Theology of Transcendence and Immanence

Notes

Bibliography

Author and Name Index

Subject Index

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Stanley J. Grenz

Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an MDiv from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a DTheol from the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei, Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (with John R. Franke), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics, A Primer on Postmodernism, Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century, and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options. He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (with Roger E. Olson), Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (with Jay T. Smith), and Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Christian Scholar's Review, Theology Today, and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.

Visit Stan Grenz's website for more information.

BY Stanley J. Grenz

Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity, and The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology. He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with Stanley J. Grenz), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall).

BY Roger E. Olson

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